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Be a Better Birder: Color & Pattern
Be a Better Birder: Color & Pattern


Get help matching female warblers with their more colorful mates and learn how the male warbler changes its colors in the fall. You'll learn how to make the most of a quick glimpse of a bird.

In this online tutorial you'll learn a few key concepts, including locating bits of color on a bird that will aid in identification. Instead of trying to memorize every color and pattern on a bird, you'll learn to do more with less information, focusing on specific body parts that will lead to the right ID.

Other topics in this section include the challenges posed by juvenile birds and molting birds, and how you can even be fooled by the lighting. Learning is reinforced with interactive exercises and quizzes. You'll become more confident in your ability to look at what's important when using color and pattern to identify a bird.

This online course is ideal for beginning birders who want solid instruction in the basics of bird identification.

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This self-paced course is designed to work on all of the major modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox). iPhones and iPads will not show the Flash-based interactive elements.

You can come back to this tutorial as much as you like. We do not guarantee that we will maintain the site forever, but you will retain access as long as it remains online.

You will receive a certificate for completing the tutorial and passing a final quiz. Cornell University does not offer academic credit for this tutorial.

Need help? Email birdacademy@cornell.edu

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